5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Cost is $100 and may be purchased here.
Former Sabres goalie Marty Biron could stop slap shots and has proven he can analyze hockey, but can he cook? He and former teammate Andrew Peters will duke it out with local neurosurgeons Douglas Moreland and Elad Levy in a cook-off fundraiser to benefit the Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion & Stroke (PUCCS).
Just so the celebrity dishes aren't too wayward – no one wants limp penne – decorated Buffalo chefs Bryan Mecozzi (Black Iron Bystro) and Brian Mietus (Bacchus) will guide each of the teams to potential culinary glory (or at least to something tasty). The audience will sample the dishes from the competing teams and help determine the winner. We'd give the early edge to the neurosurgeons.
4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Avanti Mansion (4409 South Park Ave., Blasdell). Free to attend.
A crazed convergence of food trucks and pet vendors will hit the gorgeous Avanti Mansion in Blasdell, with mobile eateries such as the Great Aussie Bite, Lloyd Taco, O'Brien's Farm Fresh Kitchen and Sweet Lisa expected to be in attendance.
Pet vendors include clever names such as Dapper Dog Dining, Paws and Awws Photography, and Wag this Way. See the full list of participants here.
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 on Sept. 17 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (103 CFA). Tickets begin at $34.50 and may be purchased here.
Aretha Franklin's death was a sad reminder of the legendary musicians lost over the last several years; colorful, uber-talented Prince was one of the first to come to mind.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will complement 4U, a group of 10 musicians – the only estate-approved celebration of the late artist – with the Roots co-frontman Questlove aiding in the curation of the BPO's selection. This show, originally announced for Sept. 19, will take place Monday, Sept. 17.
5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row). Cost is $10 for InfoTech members, or $20 for the general public. Admission includes appetizers and one complimentary drink.
InfoTech WNY – a consortium of local technology companies that's now 20 years old – hosts a networking event Thursday at Duende at Silo City, a trendy new restaurant-art venue among the grain elevators along the Buffalo River. The chief giveaway is a $500 "staycation" at the Curtiss Hotel.
7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.). Cost is $10 general admission, $5 for Beer Goddesses members at the door.
Amid the boom of Buffalo's craft-beer culture is a strong current of female brewers, with the Buffalo Beer Goddesses active in involving the community, educating their members and throwing the occasional bash.
Thursday celebrates the local organization's sixth year of existence, and admission includes a free pint for the first 50 guests, samplings from three female-driven producers and Goodbar's tantalizing wings.
The party fits snugly in Buffalo Beer Week, which boasts more than 100 events over the course of 10 days. It ends Sept. 23.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Courtyard at Patina 250 (250 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $30, available here.
Listen intently to pitches in order to help the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County branch Next Generation United select which three of 10 Millennial-led nonprofits deserve grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
Grassroots Gardens, Rock Autism, LEAP Buffalo and the Foundry are among the businesses in the final group; see the full list here. Admission includes two drinks, appetizers and two votes toward determining the winner.
At venues across the Buffalo area on Sept. 20 and through the weekend – costs vary by theater.
Theater reviews came in fast and furious this weekend, beginning with Curtain Up! coverage Friday and then reviews of sterling "Golden Boy" at Irish Classical, "Pinkalicious" at Theatre of Youth, "Social Security" at Desiderio's Dinner Theatre, "Purlie" at Paul Robeson Theatre and "Philosophus" at Alleyway Theatre.
Peruse The News' 2018-19 theater guide to help with prospective play-going plans.
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Seneca Niagara Events Center (310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls). Cost is $125 and may be purchased here.
Themed after the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, Native American Community Services focuses on "honoring the food plants" for its 2018 celebration, held at the Seneca Niagara Events Center for the first time. The Bundled Arrows Awards, given to those who help shape the community, will be doled out at the event.
Planned is a welcome reception with a raffle and auction, then a fancy dinner (steak, chicken, salmon or vegetable stir-fry), then a basket auction and entertainment will round out the night.
5 events to look forward to this weekend
*Borderland Music Festival at Knox Farm State Park
*Ballpark Brew Bash at Coca-Cola Field
*Williamsville Oktoberfest at Island Park
*Oinktoberfest at Great Pumpkin Farm
*Chalkfest Buffalo at Buffalo RiverWorks